MSt course directory

Below you will find an overview of the current MSt courses offered at the University of Cambridge. Click through to the further details linked at the end of each description for a complete guide to the course, its structure and what you will be studying.

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Advanced Subject Teaching

Applied Criminology and Police Management

Applied Criminology, Penology and Management

Building History

Construction Engineering

Creative Writing

History

Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

International Relations

Sustainability Leadership

 


Advanced Subject Teaching

Course code: EDM12
Application status: applications being accepted from 1 October 2013 until 1 May 2014 (please note extended deadline)
Length and dates of course: 2 years, part-time, starting on 1 August 2014
Attendance requirements: Year 1: 9 days; Year 2: 3 days
Supporting documents required: MSt in Advanced Subject Teaching: supporting documents guide (PDF)
Academic requirement: 2.i from a UK university or equivalent from an overseas university. A significant complement of the degree must be in English or History.
English language requirement: If English is not your first language you will be required to take a language test.
Funding available: James Stuart Bursaries (new for 2014); CIE Bursaries (non-UK applicants)

Description: This unique new postgraduate degree has been designed to help English and History teachers develop their subject knowledge and enhance their professional and academic standing. It will provide a two-year, part-time route to a full University of Cambridge Master's degree. The MSt has been developed by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education in association with the Faculties of Education, English and History, and with The Prince's Teaching Institute. The course will run from August 2014 to July 2016, and has been designed to be accessible to teachers both in the UK and world-wide. Teaching and supervision by Cambridge academics will be offered through a combination of residential teaching in Cambridge (three concentrated teaching blocks in the first year) and online tuition. Successful applicants will become members of a Cambridge college where they will be members of the wider graduate community as well as enjoying full access to the facilities of the University.

MSt in Advanced Subject Teaching: full course details

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Applied Criminology and Police Management

Course code: CRM6
Application status: applications being accepted from September 2013 until 21 February 2014
Length and dates of course: 2 years, part-time, starting on 31 March 2014
Attendance requirements: Year 1: 6 weeks; Year 2: 5 weeks
Supporting documents required: MSt in Applied Criminology and Police Management: supporting documents guide (PDF)
Academic requirement: 2.i honours degree and above or proven practitioner experience (Inspector and above).
English language requirement: If English is not your first language you will be required to take a language test.

Description: The MSt in Applied Criminology and Police Management provides training for senior police officers (Inspector and above) in the study of crime and crime-related issues. The programme is underpinned by several key concepts: continuing professional development, collaborative learning, critical thinking and reflective practice. Participants on the MSt programme are encouraged to reflect on, review and evaluate past, current and future practice. By communicating with one another and with academic researchers, participants maintain and enhance personal and communal knowledge to the benefit of individual participants, their forces and the wider Police Service. The Crime Analysis stream is open to those with a UK upper second degree or equivalent.

MSt in Applied Criminology and Police Management: full course details

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Applied Criminology, Penology and Management

Course code: CRM5
Application status: applications being accepted from September 2013 until 21 February 2014
Length and dates of course: 2 years, part-time, starting on 31 March 2014
Attendance requirements: Year 1: 6 weeks; Year 2: 6 weeks
Supporting documents required: MSt in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management: supporting documents guide (PDF)
Academic requirement: 2.i honours degree and above or proven practitioner experience.
English language requirement: If English is not your first language you will be required to take a language test.

Description: The MSt in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management is open to members of HM Prison Service and the Probation Service, and also to other candidates working in the Criminal Justice System both in the United Kingdom and overseas.

MSt in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management: full course details

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Building History

Course code: ARM8
Application status: applications being accepted from September 2013 until 30 June 2014
Length and dates of course: 2 years, part-time, starting on 11 October 2014
Attendance requirements: Year 1: 11–26 Oct 2014, 17 Jan – 1 Feb 2015, 25 Apr – 10 May 2015, 7 Jun – 13 Jun 2015. Year 2: tbc
Supporting documents required: MSt in Building History: supporting documents guide (PDF)
Academic requirement: 2.i honours degree from a UK university or equivalent.
English language requirement: If English is not your first language you will be required to take a language test.

Description: This part-time MSt in Building History is an interdisciplinary research-based MSt. It has been designed by the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art in close association with English Heritage, and the Institute of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall. The MSt is aimed at students from a wide variety of backgrounds who wish to become architectural historians trained in both the academic and practical skills of building analysis and assigning value and significance. It will also enable students to situate buildings in their historic area and landscape contexts. The MSt will appeal equally to existing professionals wishing to formalise or extend their acquaintance with historic buildings. The course will include a range of taught modules, a practical survey project, a six-month placement in the sector and a dissertation.

MSt in Building History: full course details

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Construction Engineering

Course code: EGM11
Application status: applications being accepted from September 2013 until 30 April 2014
Length and dates of course: 2 years, part-time, starting on 14 September 2014
Attendance requirements: Year 1: 4 residential weeks (compulsory attendance). Year 2: 3 residential weeks (compulsory attendance).
Supporting documents required: MSt in Construction Engineering: supporting documents guide (PDF)
Academic requirement: At least a 2.i honours degree from a UK university or equivalent in a reated subject combined with a minimum of 3 years professional experience (excluding placements and interships) in the built environment since graduating.
English language requirement: If English is not your first language you will be required to take a language test.

Description: The MSt in Construction Engineering is based in the Department of Engineering and run in collaboration with the Cambridge Judge Business School. It is targeted at those who have had several years of professional experience and already attained a leadership role or been identified as potential leaders in their field. The course will enhance their technical knowledge and managerial skills with the expectation that they will return to their respective companies at senior executive level, trained as merchants of change who will redefine the way in which the infrastructure of society is created. The course aims to be unique rather than just an excellent version of what is already available elsewhere in construction management courses. It will explore the future of construction, seeking new paradigms and innovative models for delivery, drawing on the latest research in new techniques, new models of construction and new management approaches. The aim is to deliver a course that will encompass the full spectrum of the construction industry covering topics from the high level financing requirements of PFI and PPP type mega-projects through to the latest innovations in analysis, design and materials technology. Sustainability and whole life performance will necessarily form core components interwoven through all aspects of the course. Existing widely held assumptions will be challenged with the aim of revolutionizing construction and the public perception of it. The programme will be multidisciplinary aiming to embrace key concepts taken from the full gamut of the sector which covers an enormously broad range of facilities (for example housing, buildings, bridges, dams, roads, railways, power stations, nuclear plants, wind turbines, wave generators, solar systems, hydro schemes, oil rigs, pipelines, irrigation systems and water supply plants). The list is endless - each area produces its own unique challenges yet core methods and practices apply to all. The MSt is assessed by one 5,000 word case study and two 3000 word essays on topics selected by the candidates in discussion with tutors. At the end of the second year students submit a 15,000 word thesis.

MSt in Construction Engineering: full course details

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Creative Writing

Course code: ELM6
Application status: applications being accepted from  1 October 2013 until 1 May 2014 (please note extended deadline)
Length and dates of course: 2 years, part-time, starting on 6 October 2014
Attendance requirements: Year 1: 16 days; Year 2: 3 days
Supporting documents required: MSt in Creative Writing: supporting documents guide (PDF)
Academic requirement: At least a 2.i honours degree from a UK university or equivalent.
English language requirement: If English is not your first language you will be required to take a language test.

Description: This MSt programme is designed for postgraduate students who wish to develop high-level skills in Creative Writing both in fiction and non-fiction literatures. Students will be guided in the production of creative work in a range of genres and styles and also in critical reflection on their own work and that of other writers. The MSt aims to facilitate students’ creative practice, whether for their own personal creative development as writers or because their professional work impinges on these areas. Examples could include teachers of English at secondary level for whom (following recent curriculum revisions) the teaching of creative writing is increasingly necessary for GCSE and A level English Language and English Literature. It is also designed to be of professional value to those working in areas such as journalism, broadcasting, publishing and editing.

The overall aims of the course are to: enable students to develop high levels of expertise in creative writing; facilitate students’ creative practice and to encourage creative experimentation; develop students’ critical awareness and theoretical understanding of the literary skills and techniques deployed in successful fiction and non-fiction; identify and consolidate existing strengths in students’ own writing; assist students in exploring and engaging with, both critically and creatively, a wide range of literary genres; extend students’ creative and critical/analytical writing; supply professional development for writers, editors and teachers of creative writing.

Students will be expected to produce non-assessed creative writing throughout the first year, both independently and during residential sessions. Learning outcomes are formally assessed through four essay assignments (totalling a minimum of 12,000 words) and a supervised dissertation (a portfolio of between 15,000-18,000 words).

MSt in Creative Writing: full course details

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History

Course code: HSM10
Application status: applications being accepted from 1 October 2013 until 1 May 2014 (please note extended deadline)
Length and dates of course: 2 years, part-time, starting on 29 September 2014
Attendance requirements: Year 1: 13 days; Year 2: 3 days
Supporting documents required: MSt in History: supporting documents guide (PDF)
Academic requirement: At least a 2.i honours degree from a UK university or equivalent.
English language requirement: If English is not your first language you will be required to take a language test.
Funding available: James Stuart Bursaries (new for 2014)

Description: This two-year, part-time Master's programme is for students who wish to study at postgraduate level and are keen to develop high-level skills in historical research. It has been designed to be accessible to those in full- or part-time employments and to international students. The course will be structured around four modules, each of which includes a residential block that students must attend. In the first year, each of the four residential blocks will be preceded by guided preparatory reading and other activities. The Institute’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) will offer learning support to students while they are on the programme. Available digital resources will be included on the VLE and peer-to-peer and student-to-tutor discussion between modules to build a virtual community of practice will be encouraged. Successful applicants will become members of a Cambridge College and will join the wider graduate community, with full access to the facilities of the University.

MSt in History: full course details

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Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

Course code: ARM5
Application status: applications being accepted from September 2013 until 31 July 2014
Length and dates of course: 2 years, part-time, starting on 21 September 2014
Attendance requirements: Year 1: 4 separate residential weeks, each lasting 6 days. Year 2: 3 separate residential weeks, each lasting 6 days.
Supporting documents required: MSt in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment: supporting documents guide (PDF)
Academic requirement: At least a 2.i honours degree from a UK university or equivalent. A minimum of 3 years professional experience in the built environment since graduating.
English language requirement: If English is not your first language you will be required to take a language test.

Description: The MSt in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment is an interdepartmental course run jointly by the Departments of Engineering and Architecture. It also has links with the Department of Land Economy and other departments of the University. The course offers early career, built environment professionals the opportunity to study in a collaborative learning setting. It provides a strategic overview of the production of the built environment, including current challenges faced by the construction industry such as global climate change and sustainability. It equips professionals for strategic decision making, inventive problem solving and team leadership. The course develops skills in effective collaboration and communication, particularly between clients and their advisors, design professionals, constructors and users. The course was initiated and has been shaped by the design professions and has its own distinctive learning style developed and refined since its inception in 1994. Students participate in tutorial discussions, workshops, lectures, seminars and studio projects undertaken in mixed discipline teams. Lecturers, tutors and supervisors are drawn from the University's academic staff, as well as high profile practitioners and leading industry thinkers. Students on the course are exposed to the latest research findings in the sector. Networking with fellow students and alumni leads to knowledge sharing and learning opportunities. Many who take the course are future business leaders. The MSt is assessed by one 5,000 case study and two 3000 word essays on self selected topics. At the end of the second year students submit a 15,000 word thesis.

MSt in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment: full course details

To celebrate 20 years of academic success we are offering a full bursary for tuition fees, through open competition. The bursary will cover the full tuition fees for the two-year course, for entry in September 2014, currently worth £11,200. Please note that only applicants who meet our standard requirements will be considered (see http://www.idbe.arct.cam.ac.uk/ for more details).

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International Relations

Course code: HUPIM6
Application deadline: Applications for 2013 have now closed. Entry for 2015 will open in September 2014.
Length and dates of course: 2 years, September to July of following year.
Attendance requirements: Year 1: 8 weeks; Year 2: 2 weeks
Supporting documents guidance: tbc
Academic requirement: At least a 2.i honours degree from a UK university or equivalent, or evidence of relevant and equivalent experience.
English language requirement: If English is not your first language you will be required to take a language test.

Description: This course is taught and administered by the Department of Politics and International Studies and the Institute of Continuing Education. Covering contemporary and historical perspectives on International Relations, the M.St derived from the one-year full-time MPhil in International Relations, but taken over two years. The MSt will appeal both to recent graduates and to those already pursuing a career. For those candidates looking ahead to further graduate research, the MSt offers a valuable starting point and will make it possible to accurately gauge a candidate's suitability for further research. During the first year, students will spend eight weeks (spread over four residential periods) in Cambridge studying for the taught part of the course.

The second year will be devoted to a dissertation on a topic of the student's own choosing, which will be supervised by an appropriate academic specialist. Students will attend two short residential periods in Cambridge during the second year. Those wishing to progress to a PhD need to have achieved an average mark of at least 69 in the essay examination and at least 70 in the thesis. Achievement of this standard does not guarantee admission to the programme.

MSt in International Relations: full course details

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Sustainability Leadership

Course code: MGM16
Application status: applications being accepted from September 2013 until  30 April 2014
Length and dates of course: 2 years, part-time, starting on 14 September 2014
Attendance requirements: Year 1: 2 residential workshops, each lasting 6 days; participation in virtual learning. Year 2: 2 residential workshops, each lasting 6 days; participation in virtual learning.
Supporting documents required: MSt in Sustainability Leadership: supporting documents guide (PDF)
Academic requirement: At least a 2.i honours degree from a UK University or an equivalent standard from an overseas institution.
English language requirement: If English is not your first language you will be required to take a language test.

Description: The MSt in Sustainability Leadership is an interdisciplinary course delivered by the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL) in association with the Departments of Engineering, Land Economy, Geography, Architecture and the Judge Business School. It is designed for current and future leaders who are committed to making a significant and positive difference in creating a more sustainable world; providing them with an essential understanding of the most urgent and critical social, environmental, ethical and economic challenges and opportunities facing the world, and equipping them to respond more effectively.
 
Students will be exposed to a range of best-practice cases of how business, government and civil society are 'future-proofing' themselves and responding to these complex challenges and opportunities. The course will help participants to make a compelling 'business case' for sustainability in their sector and/or institutional context, and understand how best to put sustainability policies into practice. Participants will be given insights into leading-edge interdisciplinary thinking and research on sustainability, including some of the key scientific and technological issues, from leading Cambridge academics and other thought leaders. The MSt will be assessed by two 3,000 word essays (an analysis paper and a strategic action plan), a 7,000 word group research project, and a 15,000 word thesis.
 
Wolfson College and Robinson College serve as the main hosts for the programme and are where the majority of our students find membership. Due to significant demand for College membership, The MSt alternates between the two Collegs and thus recommend that applicants applying to join in Autumn 2014 consider applying to become a member of Robinson College. Robinson has a thriving graduate community and a good support network for graduate students. Robinson is well known for its beautiful gardens, excellent graduate accommodation and is centrally located near to the University Library and to the science departments located on the West Cambridge site.

If you choose to apply to another College, please be aware that it might not be successful and we cannot guarantee that you will receive similar levels of support, especially outside the normal University terms. If you do not indicate a preference for a particular College, then your application will be submitted to Robinson College.

MSt in Sustainability Leadership: full course details

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